The State of Grace: moving, insightful and wonderful. "Sometimes I feel like everyone else was handed a copy of the rules for life and mine got lost. Grace has Asperger's and her own way of looking at the world. She's got a horse and a best friend who understand her, and that's pretty much all … Continue reading BOOKBLOG: Rachael Lucas
Last week (Wonderful writing?) I talked about using Once Upon A Picture to inspire my Year 4s to write detailed setting descriptions and I was SO proud of them. This week I decided to try and add more depth to their descriptions by getting them to think about using their settings to deepen their descriptions, … Continue reading Use your senses?!
The Island At The End of Everything: heartbreaking, touching and inspiring. "Amihan lives on Culion Island, where some of the inhabitants - including her mother - have leprosy. Ami loves her home - with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion is all she has ever known. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr … Continue reading BOOKBLOG: Kiran Milwood Hargrave
As you know from my #AskMissElliott posts (#AskMissElliott 3, #AskMissElliott 2, Ask Miss Elliott) I have been sharing things with my Year 4 class as they've had the chance to ask me questions which I answer. This week I saw on Twitter the idea of 'I wish my teacher knew...' and I thought it would be an … Continue reading I Wish My Teacher Knew…
Ink: beautifully written story about the importance of how we remember people. "Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora's father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book … Continue reading BOOKBLOG: ALICE BROADWAY
Message In A Bottle: fun, beautifully illustrated and eye catching! "Lion is excited about moving to a desert island, just him and his trusty guitar. But he soon starts feeling lonely and sends out... a message in a bottle, looking for a friend - just one - to strum guitar with. But Lion gets more than … Continue reading BOOKBLOG: Matt Hunt
Welcome to the 5th installment in the guest blog posts! This time it comes from a teacher friend of mine from over the big pond, Gen! I’ve taught sixth-graders in America for 14 of my 16 years of teaching. Although I teach six subjects daily in my current position, Reading is my true passion. Over … Continue reading Books Worth Reading With Students
In 2017 I challenged myself to read 52 books (1 per week!). Totally doable. So far I'm on track! I'm up to 16/52 and it's almost Easter half term (I'll be spending lots of half term writing my dissertation BUT I will make time for reading, I'm taking part in the #SundayYAathon for Easter, so … Continue reading Challenge Update & TBR
Here we are again! Even more #AskMissElliott! (If you're interested in the other posts, you'll find them at Ask Miss Elliott and #AskMissElliott 2) The kids are loving this so I am going with it! I'm going to try something new next week, I'll let you know how it goes! But here goes with this week's select few … Continue reading #AskMissElliott 3
I've been working on expanded noun phrases with my Year 4s recently and the CT noticed that one of the dips they have in their independent writing is their setting descriptions lack detail. I decided we would use some visual stimulus from Once Upon A Picture to add some sparkle to their writing. We talked … Continue reading Wonderful writing?